Office of Historic Preservation
Phone: (210) 215-9274
A historic district, according to the City of San Antonio’s
Unified Development Code, is "an area, urban or rural, defined as
an historic district by city council, state, or federal
authority and which may contain within definable geographic
boundaries one or more buildings, objects, sites or structures
designated as exceptional or significant historic landmarks or
clusters, as defined herein, including their accessory
buildings, fences and other appurtenances, and natural resources
having historical, architectural, archaeological, and cultural
significance, and which may have within its boundaries other
buildings, objects, sites, or structures, that, while not of
such historical, architectural, archaeological or cultural
significance as to be designated landmarks, nevertheless
contribute to the overall visual setting of or characteristics
of the landmark or landmarks located within the district."
Historic district eligibility is determined by the sixteen (16) criteria for evaluation as specified in the Unified Development Code. These criteria are based on the four National Register criteria for eligibility including association with significant events, association with significant people, architectural significance, or ability to convey information about history or prehistory (archaeological sites). Areas recommended eligible for historic district designation must meet at least three (3) of the criteria. See the link below for a full list of eligibility criteria for historic districts.
Map of San Antonio Local Historic Districts - This is the 36-Square Mile Survey Map of San Antonio that includes most of our city's local historic districts (in purple). Individual historic district maps are also available at the links below.
Click on the district name for more information.
An amendment to the policy for the creation of local historic districts (UDC Chapter 35, Article VI Historic Preservation and Urban Design, Division 2 Historic Preservation, Section 35-605) was approved by City Council on December 6, 2012. The amendment fosters greater neighborhood participation and requires property owners to demonstrate sufficient support for district designation prior to starting the public hearing process. For more detailed information on the approved amendment to the historic district creation process, please see the link below.